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West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
The American Dental Association has recommended and the Oregon Governor has ordered that all non-emergency procedures by dentist cease. The order is an attempt to preserve protective equipment, such as gloves and masks for the COVID-19 patients.

In an attempt to keep any dental emergency out of our hospitals' emergency departments, dental offices are encouraged to treat dental emergencies through virtual communication when possible.

In response, West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne are fully prepared to provide teledentistry to those in need, including new or established patients.

If you or someone you know has an urgent dental concern, please contact Polly (office manager) on her cell phone 503-267-4893 to schedule a teledental visit with Dr. Krippaehne.

If you would like to contact our office with a non urgent matter, please call the office at 503-224-7815. You may also fax or email with non urgent matters. Fax 503-222-0029, email

Caring for a New Dental Crown

Posted on 11/30/2018 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Caring for a New Dental CrownA dental crown is a prosthetic cover designed for placement over a decayed or badly damaged tooth. They are placed for many reasons, but for the most part, they work to restore a tooth that has been broken or damaged by decay. While dental crowns are strong and long-lasting, you'll still need to take a few steps to care for them.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

A dental crown works to strengthen the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. You'll need to ensure that the gums around the crown stay healthy by maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine. This involves regular brushing and flossing. While the crown itself won't decay, the areas along the gum line where the natural tooth remains visible is still susceptible to damage.

Avoiding Chewing on Non-Food Items

Ceramic crowns are durable and long-lasting, and they are able to withstand natural biting forces. However, they are still at risk of fracturing just like a natural tooth. You can preserve your new dental crown by keeping non-food items out of your mouth. Don't put pens and pencils in your mouth, and try not to chew on ice.

Maintain Your Regular Dental Appointments

Just because you have a crown doesn't mean that you no longer need to visit the dentist. We'll want to see you for regular chew-ups to inspect the health of your mouth and to see how your crown is doing. We'll assess the crown itself and the underlying tooth structure to see if there are any signs of damage. If a problem is noticed, we can take care of it right away before a bigger issue arises.

Whether it is time for your next dental appointment or you are concerned about your new dental crown, give our office a call. We are always here to help.
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